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    December 4, 2012
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enforcement does not have to keep them in custody. >> i want that rape victim to be sure in knowing if she waves down a police officer in a car that's driving by, she will be protected. >> i think it is a great step. but i'm not sure how quickly the message will be dispersed in the community. >> reporter: jackie gonzalez says she has dozens of bay area clients on the verge of being deported and they are victims. she says this change in policy could have helped a 16 victim she calls ava. >> and once they determined who was the victim and who was the aggressor, if it didn't exist, she wouldn't have been in immigration custody and proceedings. it would mean she wouldn't be facing deportation today. >> reporter: so the regional spokesman for i.c.e.
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said: "the federal government alone sets these priorities and places detainers to ensure that dangerous criminal aliens are not released from prisons and jails into our communities." in california, i.c.e. has deported 82,000 illegal immigrants under s-com. a spokesman says three-quarters had already been removed before and didn't elaborate on the attorney general's decision today. in the newsroom, grace lee, cbs 5. police say an attack on an autistic teenager was a random crime. but they say they have their man. oakland police arrested gary atkinson for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year- old. the teenager had left her group home on college avenue in oakland last tuesday. she was found in san francisco two days later. police say she was taken there by force. >> no connection to the suspect and she did not go -- it wasn't -- she went there against her will. she was taken there against her will.
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>> police say they are charging atkinson with three counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping, and committing lewd acts on a child. police also say the victim is now at home recovering with her family. accusations are flying over alameda county's proposed drone program. the sheriff's office says it needs the mini spy planes for emergencies like search-and- rescue. but civil rights activists say that's not the whole roof to and have proof. ann notarangelo reports. >> reporter: the day gang with aclu saying the sheriff's department is pulling a fast one with the drones and ended with the sheriff's department saying there had been a clerical error. alameda county sheriff's department wants a camera equipped drone something similar to this for search-and- rescue and serving search warrants in high risk areas where deputies are concerned about armed suspects. >> having a device like this that we could look into that area prior to serving the search warrant would be very helpful. >> reporter: but privacy advocates worry its uses could
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soon expand. >> where they say they were going to use them for emergency purposes and then use them for surveillance on ordinary americans. >> reporter: some believe the sheriff is not being honest. >> documents that the aclu obtained along with documents that ess obtained showed his true plan is to use a drone for spying for surveillance intelligence gathering. this is spying. >> the sheriff clearly is working to secretly unleash a drone on alameda county. >> reporter: although the sheriff's office had agreed to wait until a hearing before the public protection committee to decide this issue, it suddenly ended up on the county board of supervisors agenda for approval. the undersheriff says it was a clerical error and the item was pull. as for how the drone will be used, the undersheriff admits it's a gray area. >> there are no hard and fast rules. in fact, currently, the faa hasn't even issued their final rules on using these. >> reporter: it's not just privacy advocates who are cautious. there's a bill in sacramento that would establish regulations on drones to
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protect people's privacy. there is a duly have enforceable safeguards in place. what sort of guarantees can you give them? >> you know, it's a matter of trust. and i know that there are some individuals who don't trust government who don't trust law enforcement. and i don't know how we can ever convince them. >> reporter: the public protection committee is expected to hold a public hearing sometime in january to take up the issue of drones. if the committee approved the drones it would go back to the board of supervisors for final approval. in berkeley, ann notarangelo, cbs 5. as for u.s. drones over the middle east, the navy says it's not missing any. iran claims to have captured an unmanned america aircraft over the persian gulf and showed it off on tv. the u.s. government denies it. a bipartisan group of governors met with the president and congress to make
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a deal on the "fiscal cliff." they could lose funding if there's not a plan to stop automatic cuts. the dow was down 14 closing below 13,000. the nasdaq was down 5.5 points. the s&p 500 lost 2. it's pay back time for a bay area politician accused of using his procurement card like a personal slush fund. santa clara county board president george shirakawa has been ordered to immediately repay nearly $13,000 in charges. that's after a scathing internal audit found he had been billing taxpayers for things like golf fees and rental car upgrades. shirakawa says he will return most of the money but is challenging some of the charges. on the bay area watch san jose police are looking for the owners of 300 marijuana plants found this morning. it started as a robbery call on the east side of town. but when the officers got to this house, they found an elaborate grow operation but nobody living there.
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the estimated street value of the pot is about $125,000. a house fire in petaluma lit up the night when firefighters arrived smoke and flames already shooting from the windows of a home on saturdayer will lane. no one was inside at the time. the large house is a total loss. looks like muni passes will soon be free to low income teenagers in san francisco. the board of supervisors approved the $1.6 million plan this afternoon and should go into effect by next march. meanwhile muni service finally got back to normal after a trolley car hit a woman in a wheelchair last night leaving her with life-threatening injuries and a blown transformer stopped the trains about 6:00 last night. the recent storms caused problems for a notorious stretch of highway 1 in san mateo county. crews spent most of the day shoring up a portion of the roadway at devil's slide. that work is especially important as more wet weather is moving into the bay area this evening. chief meteorologist paul deanno is tracking the storm on our
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high-def doppler radar. >> the radar is getting more active, elizabeth. right now rainfall is in the north bay not to san francisco yet. it looks like like it's going to rain but it's going to be several more before that rain arrives. where it is raining now is lake county, northern sonoma county and mendocino county. cloverdale has some showers. it's raining steadily right over top of clear lake. our computer forecast model says do not worry about flooding with this particular rain event. we are looking at most about 3/4" of rain for the far north bay. aside from that just regular rain. the forecast is coming up. contra costa county's fire protection district is closing four five houses. the ones in walnut creek, clayton and martinez, will close after january 1. the 4th in lafayette is already closed. the county's top fire official says the loss of property taxes and a failed tacts measure in
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november caused the district to burn through its cash reserves. he says now an already understaffed agency will have to do even more with less. the holidays are prime time for crooks trying to pass counterfeit bills. the clues to look for if you suspect a fake. >> plus, the medical breakthrough making it easier for couples to conceive. then iced out. dozens of hockey games lost. how local businesses are losing out in the nhl lockout. >> and remember, you can track the rain anytime with our live high-def doppler radar on our website, cbssf.com/weather.
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to reach a deal that would e this year's hockey season. ready done. negotiations resumed today between nhl owners and players hoping to reach a deal to save the hockey season. but a lot of damage is done. cbs 5 reporter len ramirez in san jose with a look at how the lockout is costing the downtown
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businesses too. len. reporter: here's an idea of how bad things got for business. you hardly ever hear the word free when it comes to professional sports but that's what the san jose sharks are offering, free olympic for their minor league team, the san francisco bulls, and free parking at the hp pavilion and all people coming to the game are strongly encouraged to patronize downtown businesses. for now the only pro level hockey being played in san jose is happening far from the crowds. on the practice ice by locked- out sharks players wearing their nhl players union jerseys on this the 80th day of the lockout players reheating their skills in pickup games while the season is still on ice. >> mad at both sides: >> reporter: and hockey fans feel they are being locked out. >> at first it was kind of understood what they were doing but now it's dragging on. >> reporter: the longer it drags on it means fewer dollars in the pockets of struggling downtown businesses. >> our friend up in canada just
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did an assessment of the impacts around their arenas. business is 35% down. >> reporter: hockey game nights are the black fridays of restaurant and bars like britannia arms. soccer brought in some people for lunch but now it's empty weekday nights when the sharks would have been playing. >> they have lost about, you know, i think almost a dozen home games by now and it's been noticeable. you miss a tuesday night, sharks home game is better than any friday saturday night that we are going to get. >> reporter: it's not just the hockey players who are losing work. the kitchen and wait staffs are losing hours and the restaurant has had a hiring freeze. >> it's unfortunate. we have people coming in every day asking for applications and ask if we're hiring. we turn them away. they are probably great people who could benefit our establishment. >> reporter: the nhl now says that all regularly scheduled games through december 14th have been canceled as a result of the lockout. but everyone concerned the fans and especially the businesses now are hoping for some sort of
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a breakthrough to get hockey back by christmas. in san jose, len ramirez, cbs 5. fake money making its way into the holiday shopping season. the clues that you have come across a counterfeit. >> royal baby bookies. the bets on everything from the gender to the baby's name. >> it is going to rain tomorrow. it's going to be cloudy. have you noticed how cloudy it's been recently? cloudy in san jose right now. find out how long we have been this cloudy and find out why that's going to change big time coming up. ,,
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u-s home prices rose more tn 6- percent in october, compd with a year ago. the signs of a housing comeback are getting stronger. u.s. home prices rose more than 6% in october, compared with a year ago. that's the greatest yearly gain since july of 2006. prices increased in 45 states in october including california. >> you know, we're considerably higher in the bay area than the rest of the country. and our entry level homes are tough. so when you start seeing homes in the east bay for $200,000, $250,000, you know, people are lining up for them. >> so what's making home buying more affordable? mortgage rates are near record lows while rents are on the rise. let's go live to mobile5. ken bastida shows us not just the lower price homes going off the market. ken.
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>> reporter: it's just amazing allen. i mean, you're talking about home prices going up 6.3% in california especially the bay area. it is booming right now. we're on the peninsula. we saw this little flyer out front a little 3 bedroom 2 bath home here in millbrae. the broker happened to be here so we wanted to come in and take a look at this place. nothing special about this house. built in 1959, it's kind of a small home. but a little under1500 square feet. michael deambrose the biker, you put this house on the market. just a week ago. any action yet? >> yeah. on sunday we had an open house and torrential rains and we had 229 people through here. haven't seen numbers like that since 2006, 2007. >> that's ridiculous. >> reporter: we have low interest rates right now and there are a lot of houses on the market right now but places like san francisco, the peninsula, parts of contra costa county, it's starting to pick up? >> it is. right now with the money in silicon valley, and all of the biotechs, there's just a real
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demand for homes right in the central location. >> reporter: 808 for this house and you're telling me you have gotten offers already? >> we have eight offers. we are presenting offers tomorrow night at 6:00. we have given out over 60 packages and we anticipate as many as 25 or 30 offers. >> reporter: 25 offers on this house. they are going to go overprice. this is going to sell for how much? >> it will -- we're looking to get a million but it will sell in the nines that's for sure. >> reporter: a million for this house. they were asking 800,000. that's the state of affairs as far as real estate in the bay area. up way more than 6.3% in some neighborhoods. we're reporting live from millbrae. i'm ken bastida. back to you guys. >> thank you. well, the holiday season prime time for crooks trying to pass off fake money. as cbs 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts explains, getting stuck with a counterfeit could cost you time and money. >> reporter: when customers pay claudia herrera pays attention. >> 650. >> reporter: since last summer the cashiers at cole hardware are required to carefully
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examine most bills. >> we have a procedure in place where every cashier that takes a bill $20 or larger must check the bill in three different ways. >> reporter: back in august the mom and pop operation got stung with 3 counterfeit $100 bills a big hit for the small business. >> there is no recourse really. once we have already taken the money, it's just -- we're just out of luck. >> you see the difference in the portraits? >> reporter: charles white of the secret service says 55,000 in counterfeit bills show up at northern california banks every week a number that usually increase during the holidays. and whether it's a bank, business or an individual, if they accept it, they're out of luck. >> there is no part of the government that it's going to reimburse them for their loss. >> reporter: the best way to judge if a suspect bill is real is do a side by side comparison with a bill you know is real. >> see the difference right away. look at his eyes. >> reporter: he says counterfeit can't match the level of detail on a real bill something that's often obvious around the portrait.
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>> if you look at this it's flat on the paper. >> reporter: other clues? real bills have features like a security thread, watermarks and color shifting ink. and kohl's now goes one step further using a special pen that only marks fake bills. >> that tells us the paper is legitimate. >> reporter: a three step process the employees take seriously. >> nobody wants to be the cashier that took that bad bill. >> reporter: now, the secret service says counterfeiters will often mix real bills along with phonies to throw you off and many counterfeiters try to get rid of the bills when paying for things they find on craigslist. and keep in mind, if those bills end up in your pocket, you could be held liable if you try to use it even unknowingly. >> not fair. >> reporter: no. all right. rain is coming. nothing phony about that, huh, paul? >> no. this is real rain. you can hold it up to a light, you're going to see a little mark. this is legitimate rainfall but not flooding. it's not going to be a repeat of what we had about 3 to 5
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days ago and about 36 hour ago, just rain moving into the bay area. looks like it was going to pour all day long. still cloudy but no rain yet except for the north bay up towards santa rosa where you're at 55. san jose, livermore 61. oakland 62. concord 58 degrees. have you noticed how cloudy it's been? out of the past 19 days almost the past three weeks we have only had three sunny days. i'm showing you this graphic not to disappoint you but to let you know something is going to be changing and sunshine will come back not tonight or tomorrow. high-def doppler radar tracking showers primarily in the north bay and offshore. rain for everybody tomorrow but several more hours before that rain moves into san jose, fremont, oakland and redwood city. your lows tonight in the low 50s. concord 51. a little milder tonight because we have cloud cover. another cloudy day today. but there's a difference between this weathermaker and the past several. one, it's not as juicy. there's not as much moisture in the atmosphere and two, we have an area of high pressure building in from the south which has shoved the storm
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track farther up to the north. it's pouring in seattle. it's pouring in portland. it's pouring in eugene. it's pouring in crescents city. but crescent city but not here in the bay area. after tomorrow high pressure will build off to the west giving's dry flow of air from the northwest and it's december so a northwest flow of air will be chilly. highs around 60, lows in the 30s. but you get the sunshine back as soon as the end of the week and into the weekend. we'll have showers throughout the morning commute but nothing too terribly heavy. it will be out of here by the evening and will clear out and thursday looks sunnier than the past couple of days. so what to expect? showers moving in from the north to the south. on and off rainfall tomorrow and several straight high days. highs tomorrow, low 60s. concord 61. san jose 63. campbell 63 degrees. right around 62 degrees for pleasant hill, danville and pleasanton. and right around 60 for san rafael, mill valley and san
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francisco. so tomorrow, we're soggy but not heavy rain. thursday partly sunny and through the weekend we'll stay mainly dry. i think we certainly have earned some sunshine and some dry weather. >> yeah! >> and guess what, we're going to get both, thank you. it's coming. >> you made a call. enough is enough. >> i said, you know what, uncle! we're done. >> thanks. the statue of liberty survived hurricane sandy, but the storm wreaked havoc on legitimate island closing the land -- on liberty island closing the landmark indefinitely. crews are working to fix the widespread damage after a $30 million refurbishing and year- long closure. the statue had just reopened the day before the storm hit. new hope for couples trying to have children. the technique developed right here in the bay area that's boosting in vitro fertilization success. how it works in tonight's healthwatch.
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pregnancy went by... beforee bets started pouring in. bos are taking wagers on the ger not even a day after the announcements of the royal
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pregnancy went by before the bets started pouring in. bookies taking bets on the gender, color of the hair and names. francis and phillip on the boys and diana and elizabeth great odds. you better take that bet. there's a medical breakthrough that could boost a couple's chance of conceiving. researchers at stanford have discovered a way to boost the success rates of in vitro fertilization. dr. kim mulvihill has the story. >> reporter: it's been 34 years since the birth of louise joy brown, the world's first test tube baby. today, more than 60,000 american babies are born each year thanks to in vitro fertilization. now stanford researchers have found a way to help even more infertile couples. >> 48 hours of culture, we can
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predict the viability of a human embryo. >> reporter: researchers thawed 75 donated single cell embryos and used time lapse photography to track their development. the 75 embryos, only 53 had normal timing, normal cell division. but the big surprise of the 53 that looked normal, half had the wrong number of chromosomes. >> it's quite profound that embryos that appear to be developing normally may harbor such a high percentage or such a high degree of chromosomal abnormalities. >> reporter: dr. barry behr, codirector of the ivf program, says where fragmentation comes n those extra bubbles are fragments that contain chromosomes and that spells trouble. >> should be 23 pairs in total chromosomes. if you have a mismatch or an extra one or a missing one, you create an abnormal embryo. >> reporter: so now with this
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two-pronged approach with screening embryos looking at timing and fragments they are able to spot the best of the bunch. now, as for the cause of these chromosomal abnormalities, it takes two to tango. we know the egg is a major driver in the success of pregnancy. but dr. behr says we cannot ignore the male gamete that the sperm also contributes to the success or failure of the embryo. and to a larger degree than we previously understood. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,
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it'll cost taxpayers thousas of dollars a day. and in the end, it could be money for nothing. the bay area plan that barely lost at the pol, and is now at the cent i'm dana king. it will cost taxpayers thousands a day and in the end it could be money for nothing. the bay area plan that barely lost its holes and now is at the center of a expensive recount that and more at 6:00. >> thank you. "cbs evening news with scott pelley" is next. >> remember the latest news and weather are always on cbssf.com. captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com >> pelley: mr. obama explains his top condition for a deal to the way to recovery.

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